Robert Eberle
Year: '41
Team: Princeton

      *ROBERT EBERLE, Princeton ‘41 wrestled for Hall of Fame coach, Jimmy Reed, at Princeton. He appeared on the cover of the NCAA rule book, won three EIWA titles at 128 and captained his EIWA co-championship team in 1941. Eberle earned the Outstanding Wrestler Award by pinning Penn's James Laggan, whom he beat in the 1940 finals. In 1939, Bob defeated another 2-time runner-up and he’s one of four Tigers ever to earn the OW Award. As a freshman, Robert became Princeton's first-ever freshman winner of an athletic contest initiated in the 1860’s.

      Eberle studied medicine at Columbia before serving as an Army lieutenant in medical administration. In 1948 Eberle earned a master’s in drama at NC-Chapel Hill. He founded one of Florida’s first winter stock theaters and became an NBC-TV director, including handling the Kate Smith Show. He worked at WOR-TV and casting Harlem Detective. He resisted McCarthyism and worked with legendary Russian ballet choreographer, George Balanchine. Robert died in 2000 after 54 years of marriage to wife, Mary, with whom he enjoyed three children.